Monday, June 25, 2012

Gay Ally Actor Hal Sparks Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Actor Hal Sparks, star of Disney XD’s top-rated TV series LAB RATS and the groundbreaking series QUEER AS FOLK. Sparks appears as a regular guest and fill-in host on the national STEPHANIE MILLER RADIO SHOW, providing three hours of commentary and humor on Wednesday mornings. We talked to Hal about the new season of LAB RATS and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights, Sparks stated, “In my life growing-up in Kentucky I use to hang out with four running buddies as a kid, six, ten and eleven years old. Two of them would later come out and so fifty percent of my friends as a kid were gay. So in the long run I guess the short answer is people will ask you why you care about gay rights or why you care about LGBT issues and my question would be, why wouldn’t you? If you are for freedom and equal rights which we hear a lot of talk about these days, then you have to include the LGBTQ community in that. And if you’re not willing to put your time where your mouth is then I don’t know quite what you mean by commitment in your life. I think the AIDS Crisis was a shock to the community. It required sort of a new level of commitment to all of these issues. And I think the primary one was lack of hospital visitation rights, which is probably the crux of my involvement early on working with Marianne Williamson and AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food. And once you get past the life and death of it you know you get to the life of it.”

Sparks is politically active not only in his cutting-edge stand-up and weekly Saturday radio show THE HAL SPARKS RADIO SHOW being picked up by Sirus XM this fall but as the celebrity spokesperson for major equality and civil rights movements, including the NOH8 Campaign and AIDS Walk. Hal appears in top shape with two sold-out tours: Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour which boasts the country's #1 album on the Billboard comedy charts and SRO dates with his leading rock band, ZERO 1. All new LAB RATS episodes air through the summer on Thursday nights at 7:30P on Disney XD and the cast returns to tape the new fall season in August. Sparks resides in Los Angeles and is a proud new father to son, Camden.
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